Jonathan & Denielle Johnson – Santa Catarina
Praise God for His provision as Igreja Batista Redenção has been building during the last 6 months. We are grateful for the progress that we have made and, though much remains to be done, we are working hard to have the building usable by June so that we can stop having to pay rent. We will be using the building, though still needing permanent windows and doors, flooring and furniture, etc. Praise God with us and please keep asking God for His provision.
Jerry & Bev Lehrman – Antioch Bible institute
May is our final month of classes this semester at Antioch Bible Institute. We have a week-long module on Bibliology the first week of May, and the last week of May is a module on Hermeneutics. Pray for our students to be able to be diligent and gain much from these classes as they finish out this semester. Pray also that our son, Jared, will finish his first year of classes well at Pensacola Christian College on May 11.
Adam & Hosanna Lancaster – Maceió / US
We will be visiting two churches this month; we need to finish raising the rest of our needed support before we go back to the field. Please pray Hosanna will have the energy to travel and visit and also please continue praying for Baby-G.
Philip & Rachel Stucky – Campo Bom
Pray for wisdom in assisting Pastor Anderson as he leads the church in Campo Bom, especiallly in the areas of evangelism, discipleship and leadership training. Pray for full recovery for Rogerio, one of the Campo Bom deacons, who suffered a massive heart attack and is presently in a convalescent home. Pray for comfort and wisdom for his wife, Nair, as she assumes the responsibilities for their home. We praise the Lord for the way in which the Campo Bom church family has supported and encouraged them.
Elisabeth Anderson – Maceió
Please pray for the students of my semi-nary music class as they work on their final projects. Please pray for my piano student, Daniel (15), who has started taking seminary classes in preparation to be a pastor one day. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would clearly lead me and that I would follow Him as I make decisions about the future.
Bill & Sandi Graf – BGFM Rep’s (RGBI)
Pray for our grandson Kylar and Bill as they go to Brazil for two weeks. Pray that the mess-ages Bill preaches will be a blessig, encouragement, and challenge to the hearers. Pray that Kylar will profit greatly from his time seeing the work in a foreign mission field first-hand.
Harold & Ruth Green – Retired
What a special blessing the Lord gave in having our children home for Harold's 80th birthday at the end of April! They are so spread out across the US that it is difficult to all be in the same place at the same time. Their effort to do so is deeply appreciated! We praise the Lord for His help in getting several missionary tax filings completed. The Lord directing, we would like to travel to Corning NY the end of this month for a family reunion and the opportunity to visit supporting churches in that area.
Ellie Driesenga – Sapiranga
Praise the Lord for each teen who attended the retreat last month. Please pray they would apply the lessons learned to their lives. Though this month is the first "normal" month of the year, I will be preparing for two big events. I haven't seen my brother and his family in over 5 years and am thankful for the opportunity to spend three weeks in Europe with them from June 12- July 5! The week after my return, a team from Michigan will be spending the week of July 11 - 24 with us; they will be helping with our Annual Regional Mission's Conference. The details for the team need to be planned before my trip in June; pray for God's wisdom for us here in Brazil and the team that is pre-paring to minister to our churches.
Lucy Jane Lieb – Fortaleza
In June I plan to attend a librarian's conference and visit some churches and supporters. Pray for traveling mercies.
Joe & Jeanie Stucky – Mossoro
Ever since the beginning of Alpha, Joe has been building the desks for the students. Some of them have been in use for many years now and are in need of re-pair. Joe has been working on this big project ever since January. Pray for him to soon get it completed. Pray for Jeanie as she works on a project preparing lessons for 4th grade Bible class for next semester; it is a “Bird’s-Eye View” of the Bible. When the students finish the semester, they should be able to recite the names of all the books of the Bible in order, find references in their Bibles, know the divisions and know the main theme of each book. This is the first step in fulfilling II Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Priscila School – Women’s Teacher Training
Pray for Limoeiro do Norte and Jijoca as they head into the final preparations for the sessions to be held in July. Pray for wisdom as we look for ways to better reach students using social media, and the internet. Pray as we look for where to hold the session next January in the Fortaleza area.
Ron & Ranelle Stucky – Mossoro
We are very thankful for good rains. It has been several years since the last good rainy season. God is using weekly Bible studies in the lives of a number of people. Pray for continued growth. Pray for wisdom as we prepare for being gone for 6 months.
BGFM Home Office - Thank God for faithful donors and prayer partners who make our ministries possible.
Larry & Ruth Lipka – Retired
Praise the Lord for Pastor Joaozinho and Charliane, ABI graduates serving the Lord in Breijinho. Pray for encouragement as they serve in this remote town. One of the churches that supports them is going through a transition time and so their sup-port level is down right now. Pray for needed support.
Diego & Vanessa Lacerda – Deputation
Praise the Lord our God, for in the month of April we discovered that Vanessa was pregnant. We are very happy. Pray for the baby's development; we believe he or she will be born in December. Now we 3 will arrive to the South of Brazil in 2018. This month we will visit four more churches to present the project: Making Your Way Known in Southern Brazil. Pray that we find more partners. God bless you all.
Dan & Linda Anderson – Executive Director
Friends & Family Night update – Psalm 27:13 says, "I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” What an encouraging night we had. We heard reports from 2 missionary couples that have just finished their first term in Brazil and from missionaries approaching retirement. Thank God with us for the privilege of hearing reports of the goodness of the Lord!
Ken & Lori Stucky – Mossoro
Ken has been having increasing pain in his shoulders since an incident in November. Doctor visits and extensive tests indicate significant tendon problems in both shoulders. Pray for wisdom in determining proper treatment and healing.
Ron & Nancy Johnson – Antioch Bible Institute / US
Praise for a good report on Nancy's cancer treatment upon her return visit to the clinic in Minne-sota on April 10th. Praise for safety over many miles of travel from our Virginia address to the clinic. Praise for good fellowship at the BGFM annual banquet in Springfield, IL and for a good visit at a Chicago-area supporting church. Praise for a blessed day visiting Ken Ham's reconstruct-tion of Noah's ark in Kentucky on our way home. Pray for Pastor Temoteo Lemos at the Pavuna church in the Fortaleza area in Brazil; he un-expectedly received the position of senior pastor there and has requested prayer. Pray for us, as we have many miles to put on our van in the days to come visiting friends and churches.
SIBIMA – (From João Alves)
We thank the Lord for a good semester with an excellent number of students. Adding up all the courses, we will have approximately two hundred in attendance. We praise the Lord for the progress of each student; most of them are already serving in their local churches. Pray that God may provide the resources for the renovation which we have already started; at the end of this stage we should have a small auditorium to seat fifty, three new classrooms, and two terraces. We are beginning preparations to celebrate 70 years of SIBIMA in January, 2019.
Dave & Connie Johnson – Piedmont Int’l University
Praise for good trip to Brazil. David was able to take part in the second of two memorial services for his mother, who went to be with the Lord Feb. 14. Praise that she is now free from pain in her Savior's arms, and that God's Word shared throughout several decades continues bearing fruit. Praise that family appointments and exams, both medical and dental, were much more afford-able than in the U.S. Praise for wonderful times of encouragement and rejoicing with friends in various churches where we have served. Pray for Pastor Francisco Pompeu's wife, Mercê, that God would provide for varicose surgery.